JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)  — Food City grocery stores will begin stocking shelves with wine by the end of the month.

That’s according to Food City President and CEO Steve Smith whose company pushed to change Tennessee law legalizing wine sales in grocery stores.

Licenced food retailers across Tennessee will be allowed to start selling wine at 8 a.m. July 1st.

Smith said 69 of Food City’s 84 stores are eligible to sell wine.  59 already have licenses to sell. The other 10 in the Chattanooga area will have permits soon, Smith said.

Wine sales will be prohibited between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday. No wine sales are allowed on Sunday’s and on some holidays.

Smith said stores will spend the month of June stocking shelves and training employees.

After years of pushing for changes in Tennessee law, Smith said he’s excited to be so close to legalized wine sales. “We think it’s a big sales opportunity for us and for the industry as well,” he said. “And this will be great for the consumers. When they get the benefit, we’re happy.”See other related topics:

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